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About BMS

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  • Birthday 11/06/1976

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  1. Well, it's not an overly difficult rifle to build if you have the right tools. The barrel needs to be screwed into the reciever and indexed properly using either machinists rulers or precision levels. I use the precision levels for the M14s that I build. This M1 came to me as a barreled reciever, but I have other M1 receivers that are completely stripped and will have to be barreled in the same manner that I have barreled my M14s. I will continue to build mine AND buy them built up already. As an M14 armorer I enjoy the building part very much since they are very similar.
  2. Did you ever get a chance to try them out?
  3. Thanks Dave. It depends. In this case, it was cheaper for me to build it because I was able to find the right parts for the right price. But, it took a year and I spent A LOT of time searching for them.....which was fun for me. Don't forget, though, this is more or less a corrected rifle. So the price of a correct H&R from the CMP is about $200 - $300 more than I spent on this......and the CMP doesn't always offer correct grades, either. As a general rule of thumb, you'd be better off buying one from the CMP, though. Their service grades are hard to beat, and if you don't care too much about asthetics then the field grades are a real bargain.....not to mention, the field grades usually come with USGI wood. +1 for the CMP!
  4. With all the talk of Garands, I felt compelled to share one of mine. This is a "mostly" correct H&R M1 that I just assembled last week. Have not had the time to test fire it, yet, but it runs through dummy rounds smooth and ejects the clip on empty so appears to be timed just right. Anyway, here are a few pix. The parts post inspection, prior to assembly. The finished product. Didn't realize the sling was backwards, so here it is after being corrected. Cheers, --Brian
  5. I saw some of the best crabs of my life in the Navesink last year. You can rent a boat from Oceanic Marina in Rumson. Also, up the river a bit is the Red Bank Marina. Good people at both spots and GREAT crabbing!! If you have access to your own small boat for the day, put in at Blackberry Bay Park in Oceanport and crab the Shrewsbury and its small adjacent coves, Increadible crabbing to be had there, too. Good Luck!!
  6. Thank you. I made a thread on how I did this to my M14 (M1A) receivers on another board. I was planning on doing this to the other three stripped lowers soon. I will make a detailed "How To" thread complete with photos at that time if you'd like. Or, shoot me a PM and I will link you to the other thread on the other board. I don't want to violate any rules by linking to another forum in my thread. Thanks! No, I was offered some HUGE money for them during the height of the craziness, but these are going to be part of my retirement plan.
  7. Last summer I committed to purchase six consecutively serial numbered stripped lower receivers, and finally I was able to take delivery of them (literally) one week prior to the Newtown Tragedy. I am no stranger to AR-15s, in fact I'm a certified AR-15 / M16 armorer, but I have to say that the Armalite parts are really of superior quality.......even than to that of the USGI contract parts, which are made to strict tolerances. I went a head an did some coloring in of the roll stampings, and so far I like how they are coming out. I have a lot of assembling left on five of the six lowers, but they are coming along. Here are some photos.
  8. BMS

    Garand Guy

    A properly set up M1 is not finicky. It will eat all the ammo (of all types) you can feed it and ask for more. Timing is the problem (my opinion). I would be happy to help you down the road, but like you said wait and see what Tony has to say.
  9. That's a nice M1 right there! I am in the process of building up my 4th M1. Just waiting for the NICS to clear on my barreled receiver!!
  10. BMS

    Garand Guy

    It sounds like a timing issue to me. I did not read every word of all the previous posts, but part of the function check of every M1 includes a timing check to make sure all of the components are timing properly. In rifles that do not time properly, feeding issues can be but just one of the results. AEC 3 en blocs are good to go. I doubt it's the en blocs, but you never know. I don't think it's the ammo in this case. Speaking of ammo, the best source right now is the CMP. Anyway, good luck to you. I would be happy to help you out if you can't get up to Tony (great guy, BTW). Cheers, --Brian
  11. Guys, I was cleaning a muzzleloader and sprayed some wet powder residue on a seat cushion. Now the cushion has a peppered look to it. Bad, bad, bad!!! Can anyone help me figure out how to get it out!?! Thanks in advance, --BMS
  12. I think there are two main points to be considered and pondered here: 1. It depends on the tolerances of the AR system in question. I have seen many people complain about wolf, and other steel-cased cartridges in tight tolerance Colts and Bushmasters since these brands tend to be of higher quality and less likely to accept low-grade ammo, yet many of the folks shooting looser systems (not always poorer rifles) say that the Russian ammo is fine. Am I making sense here? 2. There has widely been an accepted point of view about Russian ammo that it has some quality control issues. One batch may be "ok" while the next batch not so much. No, I have no idea how many rounds are in a typical batch run. My experience is that rifle systems that have vicious cycling actions (HKs, AKs, and SKSs for example) can digest Russian ammo with fewer problems than more delicate, higher tolerance actions (ARs and many typical hunting rifles). I also think there is something to be said about the gas system in question. With the AR platform you have a myriad of barrel lengths to choose from. Longer barrels have greater gas pressure buildup, but may not be able to cycle the action better than a shorter barreled rifle. One reason why "M-4" rifles tend to digest things better than "Match" rifles, etc.....the longer the gas has to travel the less "pop" it has even though the barrel pressure on longer barrels is greater. Then there is the whole piston-driven upper issue with regards to the AR-platform. So far, from what I have seen, these things pretty much take the problem of digesting "poor" ammo and throw it out of the window. Ever see an Hk-416 digest 30 rounds of Russian ammo like a zipper? I have. No problems. I do think the lower operating temps of the piston-driven uppers have something to do with it, though. Anyway, some things to ponder. Cheers, --BMS :ugeek:
  13. Thanks all. This forum looks like a cool place to hang out and chew the fat. CETME's? Blah.....Hk's all the way 8-)
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